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Author Sherwin, Allan L. (Allan Leonard), 1932-

Title Bridging two peoples : Chief Peter E. Jones, 1843-1909 / Allan Sherwin
Published Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 244 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Indigenous studies series
Indigenous studies series.
Contents Chronology of Dr. Peter Edmund Jones's life -- Peter Edmund Jones's origins -- Medical education -- Country doctor -- Pride in his heritage -- Active critic of the Indian Act -- Aboriginal rights advocate -- Canada's first aboriginal publisher -- Federal Indian agent -- The later years -- Appendix : Effective herbal therapies of aboriginal women
Summary "Bridging Two Peoples tells the story of Dr. Peter E. Jones, who in 1866 became one of the first status Indians to obtain a medical doctor degree from a Canadian university. He returned to his southern Ontario reserve and was elected chief and band doctor. As secretary to the Grand Indian Council of Ontario he became a bridge between peoples, conveying the chiefs' concerns to his political mentor Prime Minister Sir John A. Macdonald, most importantly during consultations on the Indian Act. The third son of a Mississauga-Ojibwe missionary and his English wife, Peter E. Jones overcame paralytic polio to lead his people forward. He supported the granting of voting rights to Indians and edited Canada's first Native newspaper to encourage them to vote. Appointed a Federal Indian Agent, a post usually reserved for non-Natives, Jones promoted education and introduced modern public health measures on his reserve. But there was little he could do to stem the ravages of tuberculosis that cemetery records show claimed upwards of 40 per cent of the band. The Jones family included Native and non-Native members who treated each other equally. Jones's Mississauga grandmother is now honoured for helping survey the province of Ontario. His mother published books and his wife was an early feminist. The appendix describes how Aboriginal grandmothers used herbal medicines and crafted surgical appliances from birchbark."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-225) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Jones, Peter E. (Peter Edmund), 1843-1909.
Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation -- History.
Indian physicians -- Ontario -- Biography.
Missisauga Indians -- Ontario -- Biography.
Missisauga Indians -- Ontario -- History.
Ojibwa Indians -- Civil rights -- Ontario -- History.
Ojibwa Indians -- Ontario -- Biography.
Racially mixed people -- Ontario -- Biography.
History, 19th Century.
History, 20th Century.
Indians, North American.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1554586526 (electronic bk.)
9781554586523 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Chief Peter E. Jones, 1843-1909